Prior to Sunday night’s 23-21 loss to the New England Patriots, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that sources from within Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald’s camp indicated that 2016 would be the legendary receiver’s last year. However, shortly after the contest Fitzgerald’s father, Larry Fitzgerald, Sr. told NBC 12 Phoenix’s Bruce Cooper that his son had made no-such declaration at this point and time.
“I’m pretty close to him, too. Rumor has it. I love my son and I love what he’s done in the NFL. He’s still as hungry and as passionate as he’s ever been,” he said in a post-game interview at University of Phoenix Stadium. “He’s excited about playing his contract. Last I looked at his contract, he’s got two years on it and he hasn’t said anything to me about walking away from football.”
Cooper followed that statement up by asking definitively whether or not Fitzgerald would retire after 2016, to which his father responded:
“No. He has not said that. He’s excited about being in the NFL and playing with the Cardinals. His job is not finished he wants to win a world championship.”
The nine-time Pro Bowler caught eight passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday night, notching his 100th career touchdown reception in the NFL. He is under contract through 2017 and is coming off a career-high in receptions with 109 as a 32-year-old in 2015.